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Stop the presses. You're simply not going to believe this latest piece of celebrity news.

Britney Spears is "sick" and "crazy."

We know, we know. That's not news.

But what's interesting is that in this case, such taunts are being lobbed at Spears from reputable music business insiders.

Yes, the "singer" reportedly ditched an opportunity to do a duet single with former flame - and current mogul - Justin Timberlake.

The New York Post reports that Justin wrote a song specifically for Brit, and that her label, Jive, was counting on the tune to jump start a comeback for the train wreck.

The duet, to be produced by hit-maker Timbaland at his studio in Virginia Beach, may have started a big comeback for Spears, who peaked before two marriages and two kids.

But just before she was supposed to fly out to record the song, Britney Spears - as has become her custom - reportedly "abruptly canceled the session."

Perhaps she was too busy getting her (mind) freak on with Criss Angel?

Britney Spears + Criss Angel = Spangel ? Angelears ?

A music "insider" tells the New York Post, "Everyone is worried ... People like her are sick. It's like an anorexic who's sick in the head and needs help."

Or... someone who's bonkers! Anorexia of the brain? There are actual mental problems, you know. Like depression? Come on, music "insider."

Jive is reportedly still standing behind Britney, but its execs there are "worried" about her bombing at the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards.

Reps for Justin Timberlake had no comment
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Brody Jenner (of course) celebrated his birthday in Las Vegas at PURE this weekend, and he had his TV pals from The Hills in tow. Such luminaries!

Check out this photo of Lauren Conrad and high school pal Lauren "Lo" Bosworth taking over the DJ booth on the VIP stage during Brody's birthday bash.

Stylish Lauren Conrad

Insiders report that the party lasted into the wee hours. Of course it did! It's not like Brody Jenner has any reason to get up in the morning, like a job, or career prospects.

Plus, Lauren Conrad spinning phat beats is guaranteed to keep peepz on the dance floor. Heidi Montag's new single, on the other hand, would send ‘em racing for the exit!

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One would think that by now, police would've gotten the whole routine of arresting Pete Doherty down.

Then again, one would also think that the LAPD wouldn't ruin an air-tight case by trying to frame a guilty O.J. Simpson. But that's neither here nor there. Nor this century.

Anyway, Doherty, Kate Moss' ex-boytoy, got off yesterday. At the hands of a judge.

Police somehow couldn't get him in front of a judge within 24 hours of his arrest on suspicion of drug possession, thus denying his right to a speedy trial.

The "singer" had been arrested around 2:30 AM Monday, after performing with his band Babyshambles at a festival. But, according to reports, Judge Susan Williams had to set Doherty free, saying:

"Anyone arrested for a breach of bail must be brought before the court and dealt with in a 24-hour period."

This guy beats the rap more than Coley Laffoon beats... forget it.

Of course, Pete Doherty escaped big trouble several times before, having been threatened with jail less than two weeks ago.

It's unclear how his recent arrest will affect that case, in which he admitted driving illegally with crack, heroin, ketamine and pot.

He's definitely leading Jason Wahler on The Hollywood Gossip's arrest watch, and we expect him to be back behind bars by September 1.

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"Are you guys talking about me?" asks the beautiful and talented Kate Walsh, with faux fire flashing in her eyes.

"'Cause I don't trust a-one of you!"

Kate Walsh Nude

On Sunday, the actress, who shares the same sassy of her Grey's Anatomy alter ego, Dr. Addison Montgomery, played host to a large, rather loud table of actors.

Fortunately, Isaiah Washington was not on hand.

The occasion is her first-ever sit-down dinner with the cast of her new and controversial Grey's Anatomy spin-off, Private Practice.

But, as TV Guide reports, the group already seems like a rowdy, frat-house style family even if they've only finished one week of shooting.

Kate Walsh is then shot down about the topic of discussion.

"No, you egomaniac," says her old friend and fellow cast member, Paul Adelstein.  "But I gotta tell you, that dress you've got on is very good for the boobs!"

This line could easily have come straight out of Grey's Anatomy, but if Shonda Rhimes, executive producer of both shows, is serious about the "lighter, more comedic tone" of Private Practice, it could also be a line from her new series.

Follow the link to continue reading this TV Guide feature on one of the fall's most anticipated new shows, Private Practice ...

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If only every rumored couple were sexy, shrouded in a little mystery, and didn't involve lame music. Like Lauren Conrad and Sean Zastoupil.

But alas. We're forced to report to you that John Mayer and Cameron Diaz (yawwwn) were spotted getting their PDA on over the weekend.

The pair, who were first spotted out together in the city last week, were "all over each other" and "super flirty" at the Bowery Hotel Friday, an onlooker said.

Mayer and Diaz, who sat together on a couch in the back of the patio, "were laughing and talking a lot" as the waitress brought several rounds of drinks.

Last Tuesday, the pair were spotted having dessert at the French-Vietnamese restaurant Indochine.

"It looked like a casual date," said a source. "[Cameron Diaz] was giggly. She was laughing and seemed happy."

Asked if the newly-close pair are dating, a source close to Mayer says, "Yes, it's definitely true."

Diaz, who is filming What Happens in Vegas... in New York, split from longtime boyfriend Justin Timberlake back in January.

For his part, John Mayer ended his on-again, off-again relationship with Jessica Simpson's boobs in June.

At least he has his music. Especially that "Wonderland" song. That's gotta cheer him up.

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Anne Heche and her Men in Trees co-star, James Tupper, recently bought a new home in West Vancouver, where he's living with the actress.

It's a situation he says feels a little like heaven.

The Hollywood Gossip feels a little like puking.

"We are just exploring our relationship and it has been going very well," Tupper tells the Vancouver Sun. "Where is it going? I don't know. Ask me again in a year."

As for their relationship and current situation, James Tupper says, "Canadians are so respectful, they really leave us alone a lot. We have experienced nothing but generosity and openness."

Before returning to work on Season 2 of the ABC show about a big city therapist in a small Alaskan town, Tupper and Heche spent some quality time together.

Specifically, they spent three-and-a-half months in Los Angeles with Homer, Anne Heche's 5-year-old son.

Homer's father is Coleman Laffoon, also known as Coley Laffoon, a camera guy who is involved in a bitter dispute over child / spousal support and custody.

The gist: He says Heche is mentally unstable, while she says he is addicted to gambling and strippers and spanking it to online sex photos.

"He is unbelievable," Tupper says (of Homer, not Laffoon).

"We had a cast baseball game on the weekend and he came off and slugged it over the short stop. He has got a preternatural swing."

It was while shooting the show that James Tupper and Anne Heche first became friends who, he says, kept very clear boundaries.

"In that friendship, we kind of discovered we saw the world in a somewhat similar way," says Tupper, originally from Nova Scotia. "I think we both made decisions that were based on the relationships we were in. "

Despite rumors that Heche again likes girls, their friendship eventually blossomed into something more, and the couple started dating last January, Tupper confirms.

"I wish people could meet her in person," the smitten star says. "She has such a sparkle, such a love for people. She works so hard. She is so dedicated to all the good things."

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And now for your obligatory Lauren Conrad love life update!

The New York Post is reporting that The Hills star was seen "holding hands and making out with" Sean Zastoupil (pictured), a wannabe actor and backup dancer.

LC at Lunch

Not so, says Sean Zastoupil himself. The young stud denies the claims, posting the following message on his official MySpace blog:

"Well, once again I am getting messages asking if I am dating certain people. First it was Lindsay Lohan (Intriguing girl, one of my favorite celebs But have never met her!)

Now people are asking if I am currently Dating Lauren Conrad from the Hills (MTV) I met her one time at a Fashion show a couple years back but haven't talked to her since! I heard from someone that the story was being leaked to a magazine and possibly sold.

People crack me up. It is never good to talk about people falsely but that is the way of Hollywood. I guess if it is a story you want to hear then what you pick and choose to hear from the story is what you will tell..."

Profound, Sean. Profound. This guy may not have a firm grasp on the proper use of capital letters, but he's adamant that he never hooked up with Lauren Conrad.

Do you believe him? We're not sure. One would think a man with a last name like Zastoupil would own up to it if he were trying to get famous, but maybe he's just a gentleman.

Sean Zastoupil joins an illustrious, growing group (which includes NBA draft pick Josh McRoberts) as possible, unconfirmed hookups of LC this summer.

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For Lauren Conrad, it's apparently tough to find a BFF and roommate with a boyfriend who doesn't suck. And turn her into a mother hen, of sorts.

The beautiful star of The Hills found herself in a somewhat familiar area Monday night, playing the third wheel as her roommate dated a new "hot" guy.

Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag at Area

Only this time it's not Heidi Montag, but new BFF, Audrina Patridge, and on-again boyfriend, Justin... whose friends, of course, call him Bobby. Thus, Justin-Bobby.

What's J-B's actual name? We have no idea. Nor would we care, except that Audrina Patridge is apparently too clueless to give this assbag the boot.

After a standoffish meeting with Lauren - the guy showcased his belching skillz and displayed the maturity of an eight-year-old in an upscale eatery (no joke) - Conrad will likely have less-nice, more descriptive nicknames for Justin-Bobby.

Mumbling, hiding under a hood and telling Lauren Conrad bluntly that he doesn't care about her opinion, Justin-Bobby is shaping up to be a worthy competitor for Spencer.

The scheming Spencer Pratt does a much better job of making himself compelling to watch, though - even the haters have to give him that.

Despite a desire not to hurt Lauren, who told her she should pull the plug, Audrina nonetheless found herself back with the motorcycle-riding bad boy by the episode's end.

As Lauren Conrad herself knows, sometimes the bad boys are the hardest to let go of. But will LC give Audrina flak for giving Justin-Bobby this second chance?

In other dysfunctional relationship news, the newly engaged Heidi Montag showed off her fake engagement ring at work, then struggled to set the ground rules for cohabitation. Her methods of choice were passive-agressive - and entertaining!

After Spencer Pratt "surprised" his lovely lover with vintage '80s arcade games and a graffiti-splashed living room wall, and didn't listen to her pleas for even a little input as to home decor, Heidi gave him a taste of his own medicine.

Spencer came home to find Heidi paint-rolling over his "artwork," offering him his very own "surprise" - a clean, plain, off-white wall!

Pratt fumed as Montag explained that if they plan to make this "engagement thing" work, they're going to have to make decisions together. Spencer was seething as he agreed as he stared forlornly at his once glorious wall. In a moment, though, he picked up a roller and finished off Heidi's project.

Is Spencer now thinking pal Brody Jenner may have been right when he said marriage was just an institution for dumb guys who can't get otherwise laid?

Who knows. But next week on The Hills, Spencer ditches a Brody BBQ to meet Heidi's parents in Colorado, while Brody and LC commiserate over their lost friendships. Meanwhile, Audrina encounters drama with Justin-Bobby - drama everyone in America saw coming but her!

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The day we have been anticipating for so long has finally arrived. The amazing Hayden Panettiere is 18 years young today! Happy birthday, Hayden!

You all know what this milestone means. Hayden Panettiere can now register to vote and, next year, elect a presidential candidate who will continue the abominable Iraq war and send her away to risk her life pointlessly in a hostile, foreign land.

Sorry, Henry Hager, for that political diatribe. That was a cheap shot against your future father-in-law. It won't be the last, however.

Let's just focus on Hayden. The Heroes star and object of many adolescent male fantasies today becomes a legal adult... with all the benefits (heh, heh) therein.

Happy birthday, Hayden Panettiere, you cutie.

While there's no doubt Hayden's boyfriend, Stephen Colletti, is breathing a little easier (or heavier, if you will) on this day, it really doesn't change much for us.

Our point? Don't expect to be seeing Hayden Panettiere nude in magazines or movies anytime soon. This is actually an actress with her head on straight.

And whether she's 17 or 18, you're still 35, and dirty for thinking about it.

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A month after saying he looked forward to clearing his name, Michael Vick now acknowledges the heinous acts associated with his name are true.

The Atlanta Falcons quarterback said through his lawyer that he will plead guilty to federal dogfighting charges, an admission that likely will mean prison time.

For now, hopes of salvaging his NFL career are secondary to his impending confinement. And any criticism we ever had of Alex Rodriguez seems like a complete joke.

"His focus is on his family, his focus is on answering to this judge," said Michael Vick's lead defense attorney, Billy Martin, after announcing the plea.

"Mr. Vick has agreed to enter a plea of guilty to the charges against him and to accept full responsibility for his actions and the mistakes he has made. Michael wishes to apologize again to everyone who has been hurt by this matter."

U.S. District Judge Henry Hudson can sentence Michael Vick to up to five years in prison and fine him $250,000, although federal sentencing guidelines call for less.

A government official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the terms are not final, told the AP that prosecutors will recommend a sentence of 12 to 18 months.

The sentence will be more than usually recommended for first-time offenders, as the U.S. government strives to show animal abusers they'll get more than a slap on the wrist.

Vick will return Monday to the same courthouse where he pleaded not guilty and resolved to prove his innocence just 25 days ago. This time he will plead guilty.

The NFL, in a statement, noted that Michael Vick's admission wasn't in line with what he told commissioner Roger Goodell after being charged:

"We are aware of Michael Vick's decision to enter a guilty plea to the federal charges against him and accept responsibility for his conduct. We totally condemn the conduct outlined in the charges, which is inconsistent with what Michael Vick previously told both our office and the Falcons. We will conclude our own review under the league's personal conduct policy as soon as possible."